Between the border of fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a great time time for celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people lighted bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil ghosts.
Halloween was actually held as a holiday in America around late 1800s. Both adults and children joined the celebration parties. Because of the joining of children, many parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. As a result, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious affect by the beginning of the twentieth century.
Trick-or-treating is one of the most common tradition in American Halloween, and it probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During that time, poor citizens would beg for food and other families would give them some food which called “soul cakes”, and they thought that was the return of promise to pray for their dead relevances. At the same moment, the church recognized those activities as ancient practices of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. And those practices evolved to the “trick-or-treating” tradition, which children got candy and food from the house they visited.
Another special tradition was that people need dress in costume for Halloween. And this tradition was kept for a long time. Hundreds of years ago, winter was a very hard time for human. Food shortage happened all the time, and for the many people they afraid of the dark. The short days for winter always let them think something was wrong. On Halloween, people believed that ghosts and evils came back to the earthly world. To avoid attacked by these ghosts, people would wear masks and they would left their homes dark in order to mistake ghosts the house was empty. That is the dressing tradition in American Halloween now.
The 2015 Halloween is coming up this Saturday, don’t forget light your pumpkin and dress up yourself, go out and enjoy the festival with ghosts and evils. ( information by History.com)